Topic / Catholicism

Big cash stash is found in Michigan priest’s luxury home

Michigan State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the mansion of the Rev Jonathan Wehrle, above, a priest who is accused of embezzling millions. The search of Wehrle’s home in Williamston was conducted on Tuesday. Police say money was in $2,000 bundles secured with cash bands that said, “For Deposit Only-St. […]

New rule sends shock waves through consecrated virgins

Because an increasing number of Catholic women apparently want to hitch themselves to Jesus, the Vatican issued fresh instructions earlier this month regarding ‘Brides of Christ’  – and in doing so has shocked the US Association of Consecrated Virgins. Why? Because the Vatican document – Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago – suggests that literal virginity is not a […]

‘Strip Mother Teresa of Indian honour,’ says BJP politician

Subramanian Swamy, above, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party MP who has attacked Mother Teresa for her efforts to ‘Christianise’ India, is now calling for her to be stripped of India‘s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India). According to this report, his call last week came after Indian authorities busted a baby-trafficking racket […]

Court rules against Catholic fostering agency’s homophobia

Reggie Shuford, above, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, has welcomed a federal district court ruling this week which said Catholic Social Services (CSS) cannot deny gay couples the right to foster children. Shuford is reported here as saying: First and foremost, this is a victory for children in Philadelphia who […]

Woman faces jail for stealing cash from a Catholic church

A Wisconsin woman, Deborah Marcellus, 63, inset, faces a lengthy jail sentence for stealing more than $800,000 from a Catholic Church. Marcellus, who held the position of Director of Development at Rice Lake’s St. Joseph Catholic Church, was indicted on two counts: filing of incorrect income tax return and wire fraud. She pleaded guilty earlier […]

Pressure mounts on Pope to sack convicted archbishop

Anger is mounting in Australia over the refusal of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, 67, to resign after he was sentenced this week to a year’s detention for covering up clerical sex abuse – and pressure is being put on Pope Francis to sack him. According to this report, child sexual abuse survivor Peter Gogarty has […]

Catholic priest tells mourners ‘get the hell out of my church’

Father Michael Briese, pastor of St Mary’s Parish in Newport, Maryland, has been forced to apologise for losing his temper after a chalice was accidentally knocked over and damaged during a funeral. According to this report, Briese abruptly stopped the funeral of a black woman – 54-year old Agnes Hicks –  and told mourners: There will […]

Clerical sex abuse: archbishop gets 12 months’ detention

The most senior clergyman in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex abuse, Adelaide’s Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson, has just been sentenced to 12 months’ detention – but not behind bars. According to this report, magistrate Robert Stone adjourned Wilson’s case to August 14 while the priest is assessed for home detention. He […]

Priest faces investigation over botched St George restoration

A Catholic priest in Navarre, northern Spain, has been accused of negligence for allowing a local schoolteacher to restore a wooden carving of St George. According to this report, Navarre’s mayor, Koldo Leoz, thinks the amateurish restoration of the figure in the church of San Miguel de Estella is a disaster, and some on Twitter […]

Protesters devise a plan to sabotage Pope’s Ireland visit

Organisers of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland in August were delighted this week by a huge demand for free tickets for a clutch of events – until it became clear that they were being booked by people who have no intention of attending any of them. According to this report, the demand for tickets spiked […]